The Indo-European and Finno-Ugric Language Trees

It is always very interesting to see how languages relate to each other. Most of the time it is easier knowing several languages from the same ‘branch’ because words and grammar is often similar. Often though, it means you generalise from one language to another and make mistakes anyway.

Most languages in Europe are Indo-European languages, for example English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.

Finnish is not an Indo-European language; it, together with Estonian and Hungarian to name but two, belongs to another family of languages, from the Finno-Ugric tree

Experts differ on the details but most hold that there are 30 language families out there.



Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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